Why I Think Running Is Dumb

Apr 30, 2009

photo by Transguyjay

Do you run? Please tell me why you do it. Here in Kanata I drive to work at 5:45am and pass by people running in the dark in the rain. It seems to be that people are either obsessed with it or they despise it. Myself being part of the latter group feel like someone's got me in a triangle choke and trying to make me say uncle.

I get that you get an endorphin rush but it just doesn't seem to make sense to me.

Here's what I don't like about it (I'm talking long distance running):

It makes you lose muscle
It makes you weak
It makes you age faster
It's hard on your joints
It's long
It's boring

Do you really think we were meant to run long distances as human beings? The answer is no. As hunter gatherers we never ran miles chasing our prey, we waited behind a tree with a rock. When we where the prey, we would run in short bursts and hide because we knew we could never out run them.

That being said, I think long distance running is a stressor to the body and you can get much more benefit and avoid all the negative effects by training with free weights. If you enjoy the scenery, go for a walk. If you want to lose bodyfat, eat right and exercise with weight. 

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